The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) today fined Global Airline Services and its owner Harold J. Pareti a total of $120,000 for selling air transportation without DOT authority.
The company has bid for and won contracts in its own right to provide charter flights to college sports teams, although it has no authority from DOT to sell air transportation in its own right. After winning a bid, it entered into separate contracts with direct air carriers to provide the charter air transportation. This violated DOT rules that require companies that sell air transportation to the public – such as airlines and charter operators – to obtain economic authority from the Department, which is separate from safety authority awarded by the Federal Aviation Administration.
“When consumers buy air transportation, they have a right to know that the company selling the transportation is authorized to do so, and that the carrier operating the aircraft has been examined by DOT and has met appropriate fitness and safety requirements,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood. “Our licensing rules provide important protections for passengers, and we will continue to take enforcement action when they are violated.”
The consent order also found that Global contracted with Capital Airways to provide transportation to college teams, even though Capital did not have authority to provide air transportation to the public. On Jan. 5, the Department fined Capital Airways $175,000 for operating without the required authority.
The consent order is available on the Internet at www.regulations.gov, docket DOT-OST-2011-0003.